APKLab – Android Reverse Engineering WorkBench For VS Code



APKLab seamlessly integrates the best open-source tools: ApktoolJadxuber-apk-signer and more to the excellent VS Code so you can focus on app analysis and get it done without leaving the IDE.


  • Decode all the resources from an APK
  • Disassemble the APK to Dalvik bytecode aka Smali
  • Decompile the APK to Java source
  • Analyze & Hack effectively with feature-rich VS Code
  • Build an APK from Smali and resources
  • Rebuild an APK in Debug mode for dynamic analysis
  • Sign the APK seamlessly during the build
  • Install the APK directly from VS Code
  • Support for Apktool-style projects (apktool.yml)
  • Support for most Apktool CLI arguments
  • Android resource frameworks management (Coming soon!)
  • Support for user-provided keystore for APK signing
  • Download and configure missing dependencies
  • Excellent Smali language support with Smalise
  • Supports Linux, Windows, and Mac

Getting Started

Open APK or Apktool project

  • Open the Command Palette (Ctrl+Shift+P) ➜ APKLab: Open an APKdecode.gif
  • Or Just open an existing Apktool project folder

ReBuild and Sign APK

  • Right-Click on or inside apktool.yml file ➜ APKLab: Rebuild the APKrebuild.gif

Install APK to device

  • Right-Click on .apk file (in dist directory) ➜ APKLab: Install the APKinstall.gif


  • JDK 8+

    Run java -version in your Shell, if not found download from here.

  • adb

    Run adb devices in your Shell, if not found check this guide.

  • Smalise (recommended)

    It makes working with smali files a breeze.

Extension Settings

Dependency Paths
Keystore configuration

Known Issues

Contribution Guide

For bug reports, feature requests or simply discussing an idea, please open an issue here. PRs are always welcome.



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